The Nevis Knows How To Party

October 15 — 2015

Hardtails & Grinduro in the High Sierra

Words: Katie Zaffke
Photos: The Radavist, Dusty Bermshot, Mike Thomas, and Dain Zaffke

“I never knew I could have so much fun on a hardtail!” I hooted out to Jenny, Mary-Anne, and Andrea last Saturday after Grinduro, the first ever gravel grinder/mountain bike-style enduro that was a celebration of cycling with as much emphasis on the party as the ride. The ride was reeeeeeally something. After 60 miles of ups and downs on pavement and dirt, we ended on a fast, smooth, and flowy singletrack descent. Needless to say, we all had ear-to-ear smiles at the end of our seven hours in the saddle. 

I've been a full-suspension kind of girl since about 2003 when I got my first mountain bike, a Santa Cruz Blur Classic. So, when Juliana launched our new carbon hardtail, the Nevis, I looked at it and thought “Wow, she’s a beaut,” but never really thought about adding one to my personal collection of mountain bikes. I mean, it’s a hardtail. Then Giro, SRAM, and the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship launched Grinduro. I knew I couldn’t miss out. Of course, I also knew I couldn’t take it on alone. Luckily, it wasn’t hard to coax three of my favorite riding buddies into joining me. Andrea Turner, Mary-Anne Hunter, Jenny Robinson, and myself signed on the dotted line, built up our hardtails, and headed for the hills…it was time to start Grinduro-ing.

After a few weeks of lunch rides mixed with all day weekend rides, we set out for Quincy last weekend, each of us with our camping gear, coolers, and hardtails in tow. Boy oh boy did we celebrate cycling. As for the Nevis...well, Nevis for the win!

We kicked off the weekend right with a Friday shuttle and shakedown ride.

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Dusty Bermshot
Good morning, Quincy.

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Dusty Bermshot
Pre-race coffee from Honey Co. and Scout.

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The Radavist
The race is on.

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The Radavist
Rolling out, game faces on.

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The Radavist
Andrea Turner on the first climb. Only 18 miles to go to the top.

Me (left) and Jenny Robinson. Grinding that gravel.

Grinduro race shoes.

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Dusty Bermshot
Andrea flat-out on the second timed section.

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The Radavist
This is our friend Tyler. He was sure fun to have around. 

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The Radavist
We were warned that this climb would suck. It did. 

Mary-Anne Hunter doing what she does best.

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The Radavist
We were stoked to ride and party with the Santa Cruz Bicycles guys, like Will Ockelton, SCB's Global Marketing Director.

Ear-to-ear smiles all day for this lady!

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Dusty Bermshot
I really wanted that sweet Grinduro winner's jersey, so I buckled down and made sure I got it!

Jenny threw down, too. Stoked for her and her second-place finish!

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Dain Zaffke
There's no question about who won the dance party, though. Jenny!

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Dain Zaffke
So long Quincy...we'll be back next year for sure.

 

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